Mission and Vision

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The University's identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. 

In accordance with this, the Missouri State University Physician Assistant Program seeks to prepare highly competent physician assistant graduates to practice primary care medicine in the context of team delivered care in a rapidly evolving health care arena. Using the resources of the College of Health and Human Services and affiliated clinical sites, the Program seeks to provide a comprehensive didactic and clinical educational experience for its students that incorporates the principles of scientific inquiry, self-directed study, critical analysis and problem-solving, all within the context of holistic care.

As such, the Program is committed to the education of physician assistants who will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes conducive to providing optimal  patient care.
  • Practice in a competent and ethical manner.
  • Develop a commitment to personal and professional growth through life-long learning.
  • Foster an appreciation for the social and ethical issues related to health care delivery and services.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity toward and appreciation for individual self-
  • Promote health enhancing behaviors and preventive health care.
  • Contribute to the profession and community through teaching, service and research.
  • Communicate and work effectively with other members of the health care team and the patient’s family.
  • Utilize community health resources in a cost-effective manner.
  • Be committed to serving in areas of need, particularly in rural and inner city health professional shortage areas.